I finally finished my first exam of this Summer Session and now have time to post an update of my past week!
Classes were awesome, I’ve learned so much about Irish culture in my Ireland and the EU class (did you know Ireland needs to hold referendums to change their constitution?). I also have learned a great deal of genetics and molecular biology, of course, and now know that stressing out shortens the telomeres! Apparently, longer telomeres somewhat correlate with lengthened lifespans!
Some friends and I traveled to Galway over the weekend to view the city and tour the Cliffs of Moher, which was an amazing experience. I do not think that I’ve had such an awareness for natural beauty. Galway is also a wonderful city to visit, the narrow alleyways and historical monuments on every street added to the quaint and vibrant atmosphere!
I don’t have classes on Thursday, so last week some friends and I got to check out the historic Kilmainham Gaol (Jail)! These cells and walls once held prisoners from the 1916 revolution that gave Ireland its independence from Great Britain. The tour gave us historical context to what Dublin was like in the 19th and 20th centuries.
Finally, today was a scorcher for sure (temperatures reached 82 degrees Farenheit, which is apparently very rare)! I knew I would need shorts eventually, and I am very glad that I thought of packing one pair. During a break between classes, I thought it would be nice to cool off in Trinity College’s Old Library. I got to see the Book of Kells, an ancient, beautiful manuscript that details the four gospels. The library is gorgeous and looks just like the one in Harry Potter, and I am very jealous of the librarians that work here!
I’ll be spending my upcoming weekend in Northern Ireland, stay tuned for another update next week!